July 19 2016
Selectmen Approve One-Day Watering Ban
By: Rich Hosford
Burlington homeowners and businesses are now limited to one day to water their lawns through irrigation systems.
On Monday night the Board of Selectmen voted 5-0-0 to approve a one-day only watering restriction. The vote came after the state declared a drought watch for the area. Department of Public Works Director John Sanchez added that monitoring of the reservoir showed the water level to be one foot away from not being able to meet the town’s capacity.
The way the restriction will work is that homeowners or business can water on the day of the week that corresponds with their voting district. Here is the list of which precinct can water on which day:
- Precinct 1 = Sunday
- Precinct 2 = Monday
- Precinct 3 = Tuesday
- Precinct 4 = Wednesday
- Precinct 5 = Thursday
- Precinct 6 = Friday
- Precinct 7 = Saturday
Watering is allowed from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on your day with the exception that there is to be no watering from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The ban will be enforced with fines up to $100 per day.
Activities that are allowed at all times include irrigation to establish a new lawn and new plantings, irrigation of public parks and recreational fields, irrigations of lawns, garden, flowers and plantings by means of a hand-held hose, watering by businesses who need it to meet core business functions and private wells.
Sanchez said his department is also stopping watering operations. He said that as of Tuesday the DPW will cease watering at the town’s cemeteries.
Parks and Recreation Director Brendan Egan said the department will meet on Wednesday to discuss possible changes to the watering of the town’s parks and fields. He said at least some watering will have to continue on some fields for the safety of athletes using them.
The Board of Selectmen also voted to give Town Administrator John Petrin authority to connect to a neighboring community for water if the need arises. However, if the situation gets that dire the town must first declare a full watering ban, which Petrin can also now due on the authority of the board.
Petrin said Burlington is not alone in putting water restrictions on residents. He said about 100 communities in Eastern Massachusetts have watering bans.
“We need people to understand our situation,” he said. “We are in a drought.”